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Although SQL Server Express is free, I'd actually spend the $50.00 USD and purchase SQL Server Developers Edition, either 2005 or 2008, for use at home. It gives you all power of the Enterprise Edition, just not to be used in a production environment.




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I'd suggest you also read this article.....

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Hi Ghanashyam,
I am Venu , may i know why r u want to starting u r career as DBA? I am asking this bcoz i am fresher to IT field and having only an experience of 8 months in IT field, and my career is going to start as DBA only.Can u let me know what are the adds and odds in the DBA field ?

Thank for this.


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Jonathan Kehayias (2/10/2009)
I ask myself that same question sometimes. Usually at 2:30am when I am driving to the office to begin a maintenance task like installing SP3 on SQL 2005 because the only window for downtime is 3-5am for some server, and then 5am-7am for others. At that point the regular work day starts and I really begin to question why I do this.

Aside from those moments, I love my job.

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I ask myself that same question sometimes. Usually at 2:30am when I am driving to the office to begin a maintenance task like installing SP3 on SQL 2005 because the only window for downtime is 3-5am for some server, and then 5am-7am for others. At that point the regular work day starts and I really begin to question why I do this.

Aside from those moments, I love my job.

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Courses, I don't think there are many free courses and as Steve said i would not recommended them at this stage, I would as your DBA at work if you can sit down with them and get them to take you through the basics. Try this site below for some of the basics.

Good luck also I signed up with Robert Half who gave me a free books 24/7 account this is very good for sql books and free courses. I live in Japan however, So I am not sure if they do the same where your from.

http://sqlcourse.com/
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I would suggest (as a dba with over 12 years experience) that you ask yourslef what about being a dba you wish to pursue

there are many facets to becoming a DBA - and the DBA role often has different meaning to different employers.

A DBA will never deal with just SQL server - but basically there are 2 "styles" of dba (ok there are many variations - but let's not over complicate things)

Production DBA
Development DBA

as a production DBA you will be more concerned with Backups, performance monitoring, communications, server design, replication, mirroring, clustering, snapshots, DR etc - in this role you will be required to liase with network technicians, SAN engineers, comms staff etc

as a development dba you will be looking at Table design, procedure optimisation, feature usage etc.
-in this role you will be required to liaise with developers, .net engineers and report writers.

there is a common element between the two roles, but look at what you prefer and then focus on improving your skills in the relevant area



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